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Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers Paperback – November 16, 2011
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1) The block construction assumes you are making just one block. There are no short cuts. It will having you piecing tiny squares instead of providing instructions that might be helpful like sewing several strips together then cutting.
2) Lots of repeats. I felt short changed that one block only differed from another by an embroidery design.
3) Difficult to image what an entire quilt would look like with the one block view. The beauty of many quilts is the flow of the blocks creating an image. This books leaves it to your imagination.
4) Sick of grey. I know that the color grey is popular in the modern quilt movement, but really...throw in more chocolate brown. I was pretty sick of the grey.
The text of the book points out that its purpose "could be" a sampler. In that case, some of the above issues may not be relevant I will give you that.
For a better modern quilt resources, I suggest anything by Elizabeth Hartman, including her wonderful blog at [...] which includes some of the very best information, ideas and free patterns. I also enjoy checking out with the Portland Modern Quilting guild is up to as they seem to be the very heart of the modern movement. Just my 2 cents. Happy quilting.
However, the book is very thin on helpful information about what a block might look like when make into a quilt, what kind of setting might be effective, what kind of value contrast would work. An experienced quilter or someone with quilt design software can figured this out of course, but many quilters like more help. It is especially needed here since these modern blocks are so unfamiliar. The editor seems to have left it to the individual designers to offer suggestions instead of doing some work herself. Disappointing.
HOWEVER I felt some of the designs were just too basic to merit inclusion. Also while some blocks are described as looking striking when repeated over a large area, no illustrations are given to help you envisage it.
NB I just began making one of the blocks entitled 'On the Plus side' by Emily Cier (the jigsaw-look one on cover) and realised 4 rows in that the measurements given are all wrong, so had to work out my own.
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An ideal book for beginners or those who want to make a sampler quilt.
This is my "Block Bible".